Committed To Becoming More Age-Friendly
The City of Ljubljana is dedicated to the elderly, basing its policies on previous good practices, as well as active dialogue with its stakeholders.
Slovenian legislation requires certain obligations in the field of health and social care to be carried out at a local level. These include supplementary payments for institutional care, provision of family assistance at home as well as subsidisation of both services. In addition, the City of Ljubljana co-finances various additional programmes for the elderly, in the areas of social assistance, health, education, culture and sports. These programmes are provided by NGOs and public institutes that strive to respond to seniors’ needs and demands by developing quality programmes and services specifically for the elderly. In 2012, the City of Ljubljana dedicated between 8 – 9 million Euros of its budget to the elderly.
The City of Ljubljana also funds the Mayor’s consulting body, the Council for Senior Citizen-Related Issues in the City of Ljubljana, whose main task is to draw attention to the needs of the elderly.
Our efforts to respond to needs and demands of the elderly are also reflected in our active participation in the WHO European Healthy Cities network, sub-network Healthy Ageing and our membership in the WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities since 2011. We also signed the Dublin Declaration on Age-Friendly Cities and Communities in both 2011 and 2013. In 2013, the City Council of Ljubljana adopted an action plan “Age-friendly Ljubljana for the period from 2013 to 2015”. It consists of close to 100 detailed and carefully selected measures.